During my transition, I have made it a priority to nurse my hair not only from the outside, but condition its health from the inside too. There are so many great foods available to us that can aid us in eating our way to healthy hair and skin, so their is something for everyone to enjoy! Here are some of my top choices that I am eating at the moment:
Salmon and Mackerel
Both of these fishes are high in Omega 3 fatty acids which can act as an anti-inflammatory, a great protector of the skin and strengthen our hair. Oily fish such as these are great if you are experiencing dry hair and skin, as they promote moisture. Vitamins like B12, which is found in Salmon an Mackerel, helps to prevent hair loss and premature ageing. Protein is also a must for growing and repairing our hair and skin, and these babies contain plenty!
Porridge not only fills you up in the mornings and is fairly inexpensive, it also contains Protein, Vitamins, antioxidants, and a number of nutrients. It is great for preventing flaky scalp and skin, maintaining a youthful appearance and avoiding hair loss, as it contains Vitamin B7[Biotin]. Porridge can be eaten plain, but is great with either; fruit, honey or Jam. Porridge is also great if you are trying to loose weight, as it is high in fiber and makes you feel full without the extra calories!
Green Beans[String Beans] and Kidney Beans
These beans are packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients such as; Vitamin B1, B2, A, C,K, Beta Carotene, Calcium, Fiber, and Folates. These, along with all the antioxidants present, protect the skin and maintain its health. The Biotin contained in beans help to prevent brittle hair. They also contain some part of Protein, which when eaten with grains, or meat, provides a complete protein. Rice and Peas is a staple dish in Caribbean cuisine and I have been eating this before I could talk! It's a great way to combine Kidney Beans with a grain and yummy too!
Eggs are complimented as being the ideal protein. Not only are they cheap to buy, the dishes you can make with them are endless! As well as containing all the amino acids and the benefit of only a few calories, they also contain a number of the B Vitamins and Iron. Eggs are a great food for maintaining beautiful skin and hair.
Our hair and skin need Vitamin C to help our body make use of the Iron that we intake. Grapefruits and other citrus fruits help us to absorb Iron which prevents our skin and hair from becoming dry. They also speed up your metabolism! To get rid of the bitter taste, I always eat mine with some honey.
Loving your hair and skin through the food you eat as well as your favorite face masks and hair treatments, will boost the health of hair follicles and skin cells. Lean meat, oily fish, pulses, dark vegetables and a variety of fruit all have really great beauty and health benefits, where as junk food can have bad results for our hair and skin. Remember - hair grows on average 1/4 - 1/2 inch a month, so it will be a few months before you really see any improvements.
You don't have to immediately empty your cupboards and replace it with the entire contents of Whole Foods, but gradually adding some of these foods into your diet is a good place to start. After all...what's not to love about food that tastes good AND benefits your body so greatly?